ebbf breakfast geneva - Business and Human Rights: Forever Together or Not?
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Business and Human Rights: Forever Together or Not?
The process of globalization over the past decades has seen non-state actors such as transnational corporations and other business play an increasingly important role both internationally and nationally. The growing reach and impact of business enterprises have given rise to a debate about the roles and responsibilities of such actors with regard to human rights.
International human rights standards have traditionally been the responsibility of governments, aimed at regulating relations between the State and individuals and groups. But with the increased role of corporate actors, nationally and internationally, the issue of business’ impact on the enjoyment of human rights has been placed on the agenda of the United Nations.
Questions we will discuss include:
• Should businesses be responsible for upholding human rights?
• What happens when government actors are not looking out for the best interest of their
people? Is it the responsibility of businesses to do so?
• How do human rights affect the bottom line of a company?
• What can you do to get engaged?
• How does business play a role in diplomacy? Should companies be responsible when
operating abroad and how?
About the speaker:
Ms. Melike Ann Yetken is the Senior Coordinator for Corporate Responsibility and the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in the Economics Bureau at the US Department of State. Prior to that position, Ms. Yetken served as a Director for African Affairs on the National Security Council at The White House, where she had responsibility to create the first-ever head of state summit between the United States and Africa including the first U.S.-Africa Business Forum. Previously she led the Business and Human Rights section in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the State Department, where she managed public and private partnerships with other governments and multilateral institutions as well as Fortune 500 companies. Past assignments have included serving as lead U.S. negotiator at both the UN General Assembly in New York and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Ms. Yetken graduated with honors from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs where she received her Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs.
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